Public Health Nurse

Wright County Buffalo, MN
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The Public Health Nurse (PHN) assesses, plans, provides, and coordinates public health services and programs. The Public Health Nurse focuses on improving the health of Wright County by using knowledge from nursing, social, and public health sciences to provide ongoing analysis of various programs.

The duties and responsibilities of this position are performed with latitude for independent judgment and action. The PHN collaborates with other professional stakeholder groups focusing on systems, policies, regulations and laws to promote and protect optimal health of those who live, work, learn and play in Wright County. The PHN advocates for high quality care through interdisciplinary teamwork, coordination of community resources and direct provision of care. The PHN acts in accordance with organizational goals, including emergency preparedness and response activities.

There are periodic reviews by the supervisor, who provides leadership, approval and interpretation of guidelines in difficult community health interventions. The PHN may provide work direction and delegate tasks to volunteers, interns, contracted nursing and paraprofessional staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

* 1 Performs outreach, case finding, and assessments with communities, systems, families and individuals, and provides nursing and community health interventions utilizing evidence-based best practices and standards.

1.1 Performs outreach activities through establishing and maintaining contacts with key community members, organizations, and agencies;

1.2 Applies clinical knowledge and expertise to provide sensitive health care considering the complex contextual nature of health – including cultural, environmental, historical, physical, and social factors. Refers clients for services with other community providers, including crisis intervention and other specific services, where applicable.

2 Improves population-level health through assessment and services with children, adults, families and communities.

2.2 Performs comprehensive and systematic nursing assessments and develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates nursing and service plans of care for individuals, families and communities. Understands the functions of County, State, Health Care Plans, and other health care and social agencies and their relationships to public health programs. Adheres to and integrates the following in the course of all services:

2.3 Reports incidences of maltreatment, death and serious injuries of adults and children, assists in legal investigations, provides documentation, and testifies in legal proceedings.

2.4 Responds to questions and concerns regarding program(s) that are under the PHN's area of responsibility.

2.5 Provides relationship-based programs, therapeutic services at all levels of prevention through universal and targeted evidence based programs.

2.6 Performs and promotes preventive health care screenings/vaccinations/treatments.

2.7 Evaluates outcomes of services provided.

3 Plans, leads, coordinates, and provides community health programs, epidemiology/disease prevention and control services, immunization/vaccination programs, environmental health services, home-and-community-based and family health programs on a local, regional or state programmatic level; and as appropriate, delegates tasks to program support staff.

3.1 Maintains knowledge of programs, laws, resources and procedures by attending meetings, training and conferences, networking with other professionals, and reviewing technical literature;

3.2 Interprets Federal, State, regional, County and Department policies, requirements and standards to develop program plans;

3.3 Serves as member/liaison and leader of inter-professional teams across diverse settings such as community organizations and enterprises.

3.4 Counsels, educates, monitors and advocates for health promotion and public health activities through public policy reform, community-building and system-level changes especially in regard to emerging advances in population-level health and health care;

3.5 Responds to questions and concerns from community organizations and the general public about programs and public health issues.

4 Performs Division emergency response functions.

4.1 Serves as lead or team member of an emergency response team and fulfills assigned emergency preparedness and response roles using NIMS;

4.2 Assists in developing and writing emergency response plans;

4.3 Assists in coordinating and conducting emergency response activities with Division staff, County departments and community professionals;

4.4 Responds to health related emergencies using nursing best practice principles.

5 Conducts or organizes training for Department staff, community organizations, program volunteers and the general public; oversees, mentors, and participates in orientation activities of newly hired public health nursing staff, contracted staff, students, interns and program volunteers.

5.1 Responsible for drafting and preparing nursing relates newsletters, press releases, program materials, and policies; makes presentations;

5.2 Provides services and maintains certifications for specific job duties (e.g. lactation counseling, emergency preparedness, child physical exams, MnCHOICES assessor);

6 Compiles data and completes paperwork and reports.

6.1 Accesses, collects, interprets, uses, maintains, documents and disseminates basic qualitative and quantitative data and information.

6.2 Reviews, completes and submits reports, forms and paperwork;

6.3 Enters data into computer system; interprets standard reports, updates as appropriate.

7 Contributes to the development of the Department budget.

7.1 Participates in budgetary planning and monitoring process for the fiscal year; which includes grant applications, financial reporting, program evaluation, and contract administration. Provides informed input on matters relating to the annual operating budget.

8 Communicates courteously and professionally and maintains working relationships with others in carrying out job functions.

8.1 Interacts with others in the work unit, other County Departments, other agencies, including Federal, State and County agencies, law enforcement, medical providers, community leaders, external professionals and the general public, relating to work assignments and progress of work or to convey information about conditions or work related needs;

8.2 Attends meetings and health fairs, and serves on committees, task forces and advisory boards;

9 Performs all job duties in compliance with safety guidelines and with an ongoing awareness of safety practices.

9.1 Knows and follows Department and County rules as well as sound work and safety practices in order to accomplish the job objectives and avoid injury or loss;

9.2 Wears proper protective equipment when policy requires or conditions indicate a need exists and utilizes proper body mechanics and ergonomics while performing work;

9.3 When potentially unsafe conditions are observed makes efforts to avoid or correct them if they are controllable and draws them to the attention of the responsible supervisor or safety representative in a timely manner.

10 Performs other duties and activities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:The job requires a Bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. Licensure as a Registered Nurse and certification as a Public Health Nurse as required under Minnesota State law. A valid driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility is also required.

Public Health Nurses are required to be licensed and renew their license every two years, including completion of required continuing education hours.

Valid certification in CPR.

Knowledge, skills and ability include:

* Knowledge of and adherence to the Minnesota Nurse Practice Act;

* Knowledge of nursing, public health, epidemiologic, and environmental theories, principles, practices and processes as these relate to communities, systems, individuals and families;

* Knowledge of behavior as it relates to individuals, family dynamics and systems, physical and mental illness, culture, and aging in order to maintain optimal health;

* Knowledge of socioeconomic factors and the multiple determinants of health which promote and maintain optimal health for individuals, families, communities, and systems;

* Knowledge of Federal, State and local laws, rules, regulations and policies pertaining to assigned area including knowledge of court procedures and practices;

* Knowledge of data collection, management and analysis using accepted scientific methods

* Knowledge of disease processes, nursing interventions, including medications and treatments in a community setting;

* Knowledge of methods to access ethical scientific evidence, strategies, and research best practices;

* Knowledge of community agencies and resources;

* Knowledge of budgeting principles sufficient to provide input into a Department budget and manage assigned budget responsibilities;

* Knowledge of and ability to operate standard office equipment, including computers and software programs;

* Ability to perform data entry into various databases;

* Attention to detail and ability to effectively organize time and anticipate, plan and successfully respond to changing circumstances;

* Verbal and written communication skills sufficient to effectively present information and respond to questions from a wide variety of audiences, and reading comprehension skills sufficient to read and understand medical, legal and technical documents;

* Interpersonal skills sufficient to exchange and or convey information, receive work direction, and maintain effective working relationships.

Physical Demands & Working Conditions:This job is performed in a normal office environment, in clients' homes, and in other meeting or office settings. Periodic driving is required. The job may receive emergency calls after hours. There is 15%-45% computer usage and phone use. Work is performed with time constraints and deadlines. There is possible exposure to communicable diseases or needle stick injuries requiring caution and close attention to safety practices. This may require exposure to biohazardous or chemical materials, blood-borne pathogens or working in unsafe areas. There may be exposure to individuals who lack hygiene, have mental illness, are chemically dependent, or who may be volatile and may need to be calmed because they are emotionally charged over an issue.

Activities the employee must perform include keyboarding, typing, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing and using repetitive motions. Occasionally there is need to lift up to 25 pounds of materials or equipment, such as boxes or files.

Some requirements in this job description may include working with individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or others. All requirements are subject to modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills, and experience required. To perform this job successfully, the worker must possess the abilities and aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

The employer retains the discretion to add duties or change the duties of this position at any time.

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